Research reveals diesel exhaust dirtier, more damaging to health than previously thought

“New study quantifies global health, environmental impacts of excess nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles” is the title of a May 15, 2017 press release from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). In no uncertain terms the ICCT announced, “[b]oth light-duty and heavy-duty diesel vehicles emit more NOx in on-road driving conditions than during … Read more

On cleaning the air, a very cautionary tale

There isn’t a person following the air-pollution story (situation) closely who shouldn’t also be aware that millions worldwide annually are dying early from its effects. A truly sad state of affairs if ever there were one! It’s not as if we humans aren’t aware of the problem, in this case such being pollution – quite … Read more

Group literally taking air-pollution monitoring to the streets in California

An industrious organization known as Aclima (with the help of Google), is taking air-pollution measuring to the streets, literally; to the next level, if you will. But, why the need to mobile monitor? As Aclima explains, “Today Aclima’s mobile air quality measurement technology creates the opportunity to provide air pollution data to regions lacking measurement, … Read more

‘SoCal-based air district sued. Violations of NOx RECLAIM program alleged’ post revisited, update

Back on March 10, 2016, on the Air Quality Matters blog this article: “SoCal-based air district sued. Violations of NOx RECLAIM program alleged,” was posted. Now, an important update to this story. Story update The Earthjustice organization on Nov. 8, 2017 issued the “Southern California Court Rules Against Air Board’s Decision to Adopt Weak Amendments … Read more

Attention all global-warming deniers: When in doubt, remember Murphy

For Newton, his thing was gravity. Oh, and Einstein, relativity. Well, Murphy, he has a law too and it goes something like this: “Whatever can go wrong, will.” Back to this in a moment. But first. If you’re interested in/concerned about air quality matters, then you’ve probably also been closely following anything and everything global … Read more

Going the distance: As to pollution’s ‘hitching a ride’ on locomotive air, implications

Air pollution isn’t motionless – it moves. And, currents of air (wind), is what enables its movement. The occurrence can alternatively be called air pollution locomotion, the word “locomotion” meaning place-to-place moving. Depending on conditions present, pollution in the air can travel thousands of miles from where it is sourced. There is conclusive evidence that … Read more

Bad-air tales: It is my experience …

Actor, comedian, pianist and singer Jimmy Durante once said: “I got a million of ’em.” He was no doubt referring to “experiences.” I make reference to the above for the simple reason that experience is invaluable. A lot of experience is gained through direct observation via the eyes. More of it is acquired through sound … Read more

Earthmoving: Balto.-to-D.C. Hyperloop tunnel would be world’s longest

Yes, it’s true: Tunneling for a future Hyperloop between the City of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. to commence. Or, so it would seem. It would be the world’s longest (tunnel) at around 45 miles. Indeed, earthmoving. Relatedly, after reading Michael Laris’ Oct. 19th Washington Post article “Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop will launch digging in … Read more

As to what ‘smog’ is, really, record should be set straight

“Random House Webster’s College Dictionary” defines “smog”1 as follows: “smoke or other atmospheric pollutant combined with fog in an unhealthy or irritating mixture.” As originally conceived? I’ll accept that. Oh, and as for ozone? Webster defines “ozone”2 as (are you ready for this?): “1. a form of oxygen, O3, produced when an electric spark or … Read more